Unfortunately, there are many sticky situations that can happen with brows. And, after serving 330K+ brows in NYC, Malynda Vigliotti, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar, has seen and heard most of them. Here, Vigliotti shares the top three eyebrow hacks to get even the most fragile back in the brow game.
1. Lost Arch
Happens for many reasons—brows start too far out, have been tweezed into rainbows or are too short. First, Assess the problem and fill in the length, width or holes with Boom Boom Boostier brow powder (or an appropriate colored eye shadow). Fill in the necessary spot, but do not create a new line, that's where things get funky. The best brows have a slight arch. To find, hold the brush parallel to the outside edge of the colored part of the eye. Where the brush meets the brow is where the highest part of the brow should be.
2. Long Rogue Hairs
Waxing, tweezing and threading are old standbys, but sometimes brows just need a good old trim. Brush upwards and trim excess hair slightly—not too short or it will make a hole—and set with Boom Boom Brow-ssiere (or hairspray, Vaseline or hair gel) for a hold all day long and strong.
Over-tweezing and/or trimming too short can create holes and sparse spots. Simple solution: fill in with a powder for a more natural look. A perfect angled brush helps fill in the holes. Don’t over-think it, just follow the line and fill in the hole…it's that simple. In a pinch, a lip or eyeliner could also be used, lightly dab the lip for a diffused application to mimic a powder.
And remember, the biggest mistake people make is tweezing too much. Here are some guidelines: The space between brows should be equal to or a little wider than eyes. Take a long brush or pencil and hold it parallel to the side of the nose, where the brush meets the brow is where brows should begin. To find the end, extend the brush diagonally from the nostril following the outside edge of the eye toward the brow. Where the inside edge of the brush hits is where the brow should end.
“The most important thing to remember is that brows are sisters, not twins. So pick the one you love and try to get the other to look proportional, not exactly the same,” adds Vigliotti.
Vigliotti will be sharing all her brow shaping, business-building secrets during a hands-on workshop at IBS New York, called “The Art of Shaping Brows—The Perfect Add On Service” March 5th from 2-5:00pm in Room 1E03 at the Jacob Javitz Center. The service is an immediate beauty fix that’s quick and affordable, making it attractive to both consumers and spa owners. It’s easy to increase profitability by creating and growing a brow business with Vigliotti's “tricks of the trade” for starting, promoting and marketing a brow bar, along with the technical training necessary to do brows with confidence.